Barriers to Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Understanding the barriers preventing substance use recovery

Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is a challenging journey that often involves navigating through numerous barriers. These barriers can take various forms, including physical, emotional, social, and psychological obstacles which can hinder you from achieving lasting sobriety. However, with your determination, our effective recovery strategies, and support from the compassionate professionals at Hickory House Recovery in Greenfield, IN, it is possible to overcome the barriers and stay on the path to successful recovery.

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What are the most common barriers to addiction treatment?

  • Denial and Shame or Stigma – Overcoming denial means accepting you may need help to regain control over your life. It is the first step to recovery. Addiction is a disease and no one should feel shame for having an addiction or for seeking help. At Hickory House Recovery, our licensed therapists compassionately guide you to accepting treatment and offer solutions so you can regain control. Erasing stigma means recognizing addiction as a medical condition which requires compassion and support rather than judgment. The truth is that 7% of Americans, almost 50 million people, battle substance abuse each year, so you are not alone.
  • Financial Limitations – One of the biggest reasons for not getting treatment for substance abuse is the fear of the high cost of a treatment program. Many people think they just cannot afford it, it’s just too expensive, or their insurance won’t cover it. In reality, affordable addiction treatment is available, and many insurance plans now include addiction treatment coverage.

At Hickory House Recovery, we work hard to make high-quality addiction treatment available to everyone who needs it. We accept many insurance plans, and our admissions team works closely with your insurance provider to verify your health insurance benefits and review your chemical dependence behavior health coverage options. We also offer private-pay options and payment plans to make your deductible manageable, so treatment is possible. We partner with many company employee assistance programs (EAP), so it’s always a good idea to check if your employer offers an EAP program.  

  • Time Limitations – Concern about time away from home, family or work can pose a real barrier to the addiction treatment you need. We understand 30 days in our residential treatment program, away from your day-to-day life can seem like an impossible task. Dedicating time to recovery is a courageous decision, and one we don’t take lightly. At Hickory House Recovery, you will find a safe, peaceful environment, where you will feel like family.
  • Environmental Triggers and Peer Pressure – Being in an environment conducive to substance abuse, such as friend or social groups, family, work or other high-stress settings, even social media, can pose significant challenges to your recovery efforts. Overcoming environmental triggers will require you to make changes to your surroundings, establishing healthy boundaries, and surrounding yourself with supportive individuals who promote sobriety. We know this can be difficult, but our team walks alongside you every step of the way.
  • Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders – Many people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction also face co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or trauma. In fact, more than 21 million American adults suffer from co-occurring disorders. These conditions can exacerbate substance abuse and complicate the recovery process.

Effective co-occurring treatment involves addressing both addiction and underlying mental health issues. At Hickory House Recovery, our substance use treatment program provides evidence-based treatments through group and individual therapy, behavioral therapy, medication, and support groups.

Contact us 24/7 and get on the road to addiction recovery

Don’t let barriers prevent you from finding the help you need. At Hickory House Recovery, you will discover a welcoming residence and highly-personalized program that helps you every step of the way. Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-604-2117 or contact us online to learn more about our programs and how we can help you or someone you love. All calls are confidential, and you have zero commitment.


Licenses, Accreditations & Memberships


Hickory House Recovery has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care and is one of the highest levels of achievement a treatment center can receive.